1. People that play golf are not as mean to rookies as I had heard. My partners encouraged me and I made sure I had my golf course etiquette in check.
2. You should always take ample snacks and drinks. I don’t remember the 11th and 12th holes of that tournament, but thanks to the protein bar from one of my partners, I was revived at the 13th hole.
3. People that play golf regularly probably don’t play as well as you think they do. We played a scramble format and there was a few times that we used my ball on the following shot. (Either that or they were taking pity on me. :) Either way I was satisfied.)
This tournament was my splash into playing the game of golf. Since then, I’ve played in numerous fundraising tournaments and company networking/teambuilding events. Many people overlook the importance of golf as a networking tool due to the fear of the unknown. Unfortunately, just deciding to play the game of golf and then booking a TEE time is not enough. There are several rules regarding dress, etiquette, and equipment that you need to know about before playing on a course.
At A Perfect Swing, Inc. our mission is to help individuals use golf as a networking tool to advance in their career. On our site, you will find opportunities to learn and play golf at your own pace, while networking and having fun with others looking to do the same. So, whether you are a beginner or a novice, A Perfect Swing, Inc. has a play time just for you. Please let me know how I can help your game. I look forward to seeing you on the course!
Feel free to contact us to find out how you can have the A Perfect Swing Staff present at your next team builder, event, or conference.
Greetings Fellow Golfers!
My name is Ashaunta Epps and I’m the CEO/Founder of A Perfect Swing, Inc. I’ve worked in corporate America for over fifteen years and I noticed that I was missing out on many networking opportunities because I didn’t play golf. From the first time I picked up a golf club, immediately, I was addicted and I practiced at least five days a week. I took a few lessons with a PGA and LPGA professional and continued to practice. Two months later, under positive duress, I played in my first fundraiser golf tournament. I spent several hours the night before researching golf etiquette on the internet. I was so nervous! I didn’t know anyone else, so I was paired with two women. Just prior to the shotgun start, the women stated that they had been playing golf for twenty plus years. Let’s just say, I was ready to unpack my clubs and run back to my car. Just as the thought crossed my mind, the shotgun went off and we were off to our first tee. I had read many golf books, but during this day I learned some very valuable lessons.
Ashaunta speaks candidly with Praise 100.9/92.7 about the current plight with our youth and A Perfect Swing Foundation.Click here to listen to the interview.
Once she began to play the sport, she also noticed that it afforded her an opportunity to meet major stakeholders in various businesses and professional organizations. She quickly realized that this was a best kept secret to networking that every person that wanted to be successful should include themselves, thus the objective of A Perfect Swing, Inc. was developed. When it comes to networking while playing golf, YOUR swing IS the perfect swing. The mere fact that you are on the course and in the conversation is the true success factor.
Ashaunta is a native of Kingstree, SC, and now resides in Charlotte, NC. She currently works as an IT Service Management Operations Consultant for Microsoft Corporation. She's an Apprentice Member of the Ladies Professional Golfer's Association (LPGA).
Ashaunta's a graduate of Lander University, in Greenwood, SC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Systems (Summa Cum Laude) with a concentration in Enterprise Resource Management. Her natural drive to be successful and her outgoing personality has allowed her to meet many people throughout her corporate career. During this time, she noticed that she was missing out on crucial business conversations that her peers had when they went out to play golf.
Achieving Dreams with ‘A Perfect Swing’
‘COMMUNITY VOICES‘ host, Ron Holland talked with Ashaunta Epps, Founder and CEO of ‘A Perfect Swing Inc.’ about her foundation and calendar of events. Click here to listen to the interview.
LPGA Apprentice Member
When I played in my VERY FIRST golf tournament, I was paired with two women that graciously took me under their wings for that day. They gave me golf tips, encouraged me, and even shared their snacks with me when I thought I was going to pass out from being famished. (I was a newbie, so I didn't bring any 😂) After that day, I didn't see them again anywhere. When I started A Perfect Swing, I made a point to try to find these awesome women that had a huge impact on my golf success. I finally found out their names. When I heard one of their last names, I said, oh there is someone in the group that had that name as well. To make a long story short..her daughter is Kelley Goodson Mitchell, who is an active participant in A Perfect Swing! **scream** 😊 I had an opportunity to reconnect with Mrs. Micki Goodson and share with her the impact she had on me. The positive energy and encouragement that they gave me that day is the foundation for A Perfect Swing. Regardless of what your swing looks like now, it's the perfect swing and with encouragement and support it can grow into exactly what you want it to be.
A Perfect Swing’s CEO/Founder, Ashaunta Epps, was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and received the 2016 Pathfinder Award! Pictured with her is AAGHOF Founder Malachi Knowles, 12 Time PGA Tour Champion James "Jim" Dent, Golf Channel Analyst Tim Rosaforte, PGA Tour Director of ShotLink and Field Operations Don Wallace, President of Fairview Golf Club Martha Clark, and some of the A Perfect Swing Foundation youth.
Honing my mental golf game through Opti-Brain training from LPGA Global Instructor, Oneda Castillo
The late Bishop Phillip Davis was an integral part of the establishment of A Perfect Swing. While attending his You-Lead course, he posed the question "If money wasn't an issue, what is it that you would do?" My response was to share the game of golf with everyone to assist them with their quality of life, as well as accomplishing their goals. His response was "Get to it!" And thus the business plan and conversations begin to happen, which led to the establishment of A Perfect Swing, Inc. He was a great mentor to me and the values that he shared will forever be reflected in the A Perfect Swing organization.
Ashaunta is a member of the African American Golfers Hall of Fame, she was recognized as an African American Golfers Digest Leader in Golf for Professional Service. She's also the Chief Operating Officer for The Coalition for Teens Helping Teens and the Vice President for Polished Pearls Leadership Seminars for Teen Girls. She’s a member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Charlotte Chapter of National Black Masters of Business Administration Association, Women in Technology International (WITI), Blacks at Microsoft (BAM), and Wilson Chapel 1st Missionary Baptist Church (Kingstree, SC). She is dedicated to giving back to her community through the sponsorship of youth golf days, Back-To-School Supplies Drives, mentoring high school students, tutoring, and serving in various community service projects.